Garapon TV allows to record One Seg program of digital terrestrial television with up to 7 channels in the device at home, which users can search and view with iPhone, iPad, Android, or PC.
Garapon TV uses external USB enabled hard disc drive to record TV programs and connects with PC connected to the Internet. If the external HDD has 500GB, it is possible to record 24 hours / 30 days of 7 channels.
In addition to EPG information such as titles and descriptions, captions can be subject to search from iPhone, iPad, Android or PC. Garapon TV appends permanent URL to specify titles or scenes which allows users to share the same scene with others. Users have to watch the scenes stored on their own device to prevent sharing or copying of video data itself.
Garapon aims to diffuse Garapon TV as an open platform by providing open API for developers. A sample use cases is to play programs in which a certain talent appears on the talent's fan club site.
The price is 30,000 yen. Currently the company is developing the next version which runs without PC aiming to provide in the winter.
Venture Now 9/21/2010